Sarah Darcel won three medals at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Hawaii.

Saanich swimmer gold at Pan Pacs, meets Olympic standards

Claremont student wins three medals at Junior Pan Pacifics in Hawaii

Last month Sarah Darcel went to Maui as a promising member of Island Swimming club and the Swimming NextGen program. She came home with three medals, two Olympic standards and is now a member of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre.

You might call that a pretty good finish to the summer.

Darcel, a Grade 12 Claremont secondary student, is now under the watch of head coach Ryan Mallette, the guy who coaches those other athletes, the ones with the Olympic medals, Hilary Caldwell and Ryan Cochrane.

Darcel broke through with her best results yet as a member of Team Canada at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Maui, Aug. 24 to 27.

She won gold in the 400-metre individual medley, silver as part of the 4x100m free relay team and silver as part of the 4x100m medley relay team.

“The energy was super high and considering what our girls had done in Rio [two Olympic relay bronzes], it just amped us up,” Darcel told Swimming Canada. “We all sat in a circle beforehand and all said something positive.”

The meet went a lot better than Darcel was expecting, and was a matter of redemption.

She was disappointed with her previous experiences at the Canadian Swimming Championships and Junior Worlds.

Following that, she and her coach Brad Dingey of the NextGen program got right back to work on making it better for Junior Pan Pacs.

“Junior worlds was not too good for me and I wanted to make this meet count,” Darcel said. “For my 400 IM, I knew what was possible for me and I went all in for that. I’m really looking forward to training with the centre [HPC-Victoria] and [coach] Ryan Mallette and seeing where we go from there.”

reporter@saanichnews.com

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Rapid bus system could increase frequency, reliability in Greater Victoria

BC Transit studies methods for improving major routes in Capital Region

It’s showtime: Victoria theatre reopens with new COVID-19 protocols

Capitol 6 theatre and SilverCity Victoria have reopened with limited seating

Victoria Police searching for missing teen

Arianna Mckenzie, 17, last seen July 2

Victoria man collects 28 bags of trash along two-kilometre stretch of highway

20-year-old spent 12 hours collecting garbage near Thetis Lake

13 new B.C. COVID-19 cases, Langley Lodge outbreak ends

Health care outbreaks down to four, 162 cases active

Two injured hikers airlifted from North Vancouver Island Park

Campbell River and Comox Search and Rescue hoist team rescued the injured from Cape Scott Provincial Park

Alberta health minister orders review into response after noose found in hospital in 2016

A piece of rope tied into a noose was found taped to the door of an operating room at the Grande Prairie Hospital in 2016

B.C.’s major rivers surge, sparking flood warnings

A persistent low pressure system over Alberta has led to several days of heavy rain

B.C.’s Indigenous rights law faces 2020 implementation deadline

Pipeline projects carry on as B.C. works on UN goals

‘Mind boggling’: B.C. man $1 million richer after winning Lotto 6/49 a second time

David O’Brien hopes to use his winnings to travel and of course keep playing the lottery

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

Lower Mainland teacher facing child pornography charges

Elazar Reshef, 52, has worked in the Delta School District

Most Read